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Migrants rescued south of Lampedusa

Group including new mother 'picked up in Malta waters'

11 November, 11:32
Migrants rescued south of Lampedusa (ANSA) - Lampedusa, November 11 - The Italian Navy on Friday rescued a drifting dinghy with 44 North African migrants on board including a woman who had just given birth south of the stepping-stone island of Lampedusa, midway between Sicily and Africa.

The woman was helicoptered to a Sicilian hospital.

The dinghy, which was said to be "in precarious condition", was spotted by an Italian fishing boat some 55 nautical miles south of Lampedusa, in waters where Malta has jurisdiction for international rescue operations, the Navy said.

Earlier this year some 30,000 migrants flooded onto Lampedusa after the Tunisian revolution and during the Libyan war, pushing reception facilities past breaking point.

But conditions on the island have since returned to normal.

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